Recently I joined the site Influenster to received different products that I’m interested in and do reviews of the products that I’m sent via what is called a VoxBox. My first box was called the Mama VoxBox included Microwaveable Annie’s Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar (gluten free macaroni & cheese) in a microwaveable container. I’m sure that you’ve seen Kraft Easy Mac before and I’ll be honest when I say that I lived off of that stuff (and Ramen Noodles) in college then I wondered why I gained so much weight right? So I was super excited to get the Annie’s Mac & Cheese in my box to try out because I am in love with mac & cheese especially because I recently began cutting out copious amounts of gluten from my daily diet to test how my body is going to react.
The directions are pretty self explanatory, open up the container, fill with water to the fill line on the side, stir and microwave for about 2-2.5 minutes long. That’s it. I’m not generally a person that is big on prepackaged foods but after doing some research on the specific product and knowing that it’s organic and gluten free I was all over it. For ease of preparation and timelines it doesn’t get much easier and quicker than that. I am admittedly not a great cook, so anything that is good for me and I can still microwave deserves an A+ in my book.
As I mentioned earlier in the post, I’m new to a more gluten free diet so I’m still in the process of getting used to different gluten free flavors. I do enjoy rice noodles though. The pasta in the Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese is a rice pasta, so that was great. The texture of rice noodles are a little softer than a normal wheat enriched pasta, but if you give rice noodles a shot you will really not ever miss regular pasta. I will mention however, that if you’re an Italian like me and looking for that thick harder texture pasta that you would get with a homemade noodle, you’re not going to find that with rice noodles.
The one thing that I never really cared for when it came to microwaved macaroni and cheese was the texture of the “powdered” cheese. It definitely is not like a regular box of Kraft Mac & Cheese with Easy Mac and you’re not going to get the same texture with this one as opposed to the full box that you can purchase in your local organic section. Immediately after cooking, I felt that it had a little bit of a bland flavor so, I did add a little pepper to the mixture and it was great. Overall, I thought that it tasted great and had no aversions to the pasta or the flavor at all.
The portion size is a little small, even if you’re a person that is going for smaller portions. I tried to make this for a dinner and still needed to add some extra sides along with it (Shakeology followed the mac and cheese!). If you’re going for a quick snack that you need to have before running to do something then you’re in good hands.
Over all my review is that for ease of use, timeliness for a quick snack and taste it’s a great product to purchase and keep on hand. The pasta is gluten free and it is made from natural and organic products. My kids love to eat Macaroni and Cheese and I definitely plan to buy some of these for quick lunches to feed them.
PSA: I received this product complementary for reviewing and testing purposes. The information within this review is simply my personal review and opinion.